Adult Programs

French Paint: Letting Life Be Life: A Cornerstone History Symposium Art History Lecture Series 

Lecture 1: The “After-Hours” Theatre of Life Gratis Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec / Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

Few paintings are as self-revealing as those of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: full of wit, elegance, and truth. He was a painter of the streets and gutters of Paris of the 1890s. His prints, posters, drawings, and paintings immortalized the city’s Belle Epoque nightlife and dubbed the neighborhood of Montmatre a creative hedonistic hotspot. Within its embrace, he broke all the rules in art and in life. Observe this remarkable artist, a dwarf of a man, monocled; his top hat at his side as he sits at his usual corner table sketching this vivid breath of humanity and whispers to himself, “Ah life – life.”

This program will survey the life and works of the French painter and illustrator, famous for his depictions of the Parisian underworld. Presented by Professor Karri Fritz-Klaus of Cornerstone History Symposium.

Join us for the first lecture in a five part series made possible through a generous donation by the Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation in honor of Betsy Haushalter. Mark your calendars for all five presentations from December through April (12/6, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4). All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Free to attend. No registration required.

Library Game Night / Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Come enjoy Game Night at the library! Whether you're solving word puzzles, building towers, or unraveling mysteries, the library has something for you. From simple to complex, from light-hearted to more moody affairs, we have games for every level of interest and complexity available to play. Attendees can also feel free to bring their own games from home Great for teens and adults, drop in anytime!

French Paint: Letting Life Be Life: A Cornerstone History Symposium Art History Lecture Series 

Lecture 2: The Essence of Womanhood by Mary Cassatt / Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

The celebrated Impressionist, known to some as Mary or Marie Cassatt, sought strength not elegance in her portraiture. She was born in a country whose people made their own rules and lived by them. Her father violently objected to her choice of artist as a career, declaring to his daughter, “I’d rather see you dead.” A childless painter, she found beauty in a mother’s immutable love for her children and defined that love in her art.

Discover the life and works of the American expatriate and painter of the avant-garde, Mary Cassatt, famous for her depictions of women across generations, in lives both public and private. Presented by Professor Karri Fritz-Klaus of Cornerstone History Symposium.

Join us for the second lecture in a five part series, made possible through a donation by the Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation in honor of Betsy Haushalter. Mark your calendars for the remaining presentations (1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4). All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Free to attend. No registration required.

Limiting Threats to Birds (EG Beautification Committee Winter Lecture Series) / Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

In 2019, researchers documented the staggering loss of nearly three billion North American breeding birds since 1970. That’s more than one in four of the continent’s birds gone in less than a single lifetime. Habitat loss and degradation are the biggest overall causes of the declines, scientists say, but other human-caused threats also play a role, including predation by cats, poisoning, and collisions. Fortunately, many of these threats can be reduced by actions that we all can take. In this presentation, Chuck Hagner, field guide author and director of Bird City Wisconsin, will explain how this fact presents us with a great opportunity: By taking simple, doable actions, we can dramatically improve the state of our birds.

This is the fourth program in the 2022-23 Elm Grove Beautification Committee Winter Lecture Series, with partner support from the Elm Grove Library. Mark your calendars for the three remaining presentations (2/15, 3/15, 4/12).

Route 66: America's Main Street / Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Take a ride on America’s most famous highway, Route 66. Folk singer and humorist, Craig Siemsen, will explore the 2,448 miles of songs, stories, legends, and humor of Route 66. Often called Blue Highways, our two lane roads were once the backbone of an emerging country. This program offers a little history and a lot of fun! Free to attend. No registration required.